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Court intervenes in APC NEC meeting

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the All Progressives Congress (APC) to admit former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi; Waziri Bulama and Paul Chukwuma, to its National Executive Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17.

Justice Mohammed Liman ordered that unless Ajimobi, Bulama and Chukwuma were allowed to attend, the meeting must not go on. Justice Liman’s orders followed an ex parte application filed by the Lagos State Chairman of the APC, Tunde Balogun, which was argued by his lawyer, Gani Bello.

Mr. Balogun, in the application, prayed the court to compel the APC to recognise Bulama as the party’s acting National Secretary; Ajimobi, as the acting National Deputy Chairman (South); and Chukwuma, as the acting National Auditor of the party.

He told the court that after the three offices became vacant and were zoned to different geopolitical zones, Bulama was nominated by the North-East; Ajimobi, by the South-West; and Chukwuma, by the South-East.

He said the nomination of Bulama was ratified at the meeting of the APC National Working Committee held on January 14, 2020; while those of Ajimobi and Chukwuma were ratified at the NWC meeting of March 4, 2020.

“By virtue of the ratification stated above, the nominees have become members of the National Executive Council and are entitled by the constitution of the defendant (APC) to work and operate in acting capacities in their respective offices pending their swearing-in at the National Convention of the party.

Wahab Akinlade

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